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Slimani and Rizzo banned

France prop Rabah Slimani and Italy's Michele Rizzo have been handed two-week bans for head-butting each other in Sunday's RBS 6 Nations clash in Paris.

A Six Nations disciplinary committee met at Heathrow in London on Wednesday, where neither player contested their red cards in the closing stages of France's 30-10 victory.

Both Slimani and Rizzo were initially handed four-week punishments, but good previous discipline and mitigation then halved the suspensions.

Rizzo's suspension will run across the course of three weeks to ensure he sits out two matches, leaving him free to play again on March 3 so he will miss Italy's home clash with Scotland on February 22.

Stade Francais prop Slimani's ban starts immediately, ruling him out of club action this weekend, and he can resume action from February 24.

The front-rower will miss France's third-round trip to Cardiff to face Wales on Friday, February 21.


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